Eddie Hearn believes Dillian Whyte would be the ideal opponent for Tyson Fury when the WBC heavyweight champion next steps into the ring.

Fury’s brilliant 11th-round stoppage of Deontay Wilder on Saturday saw him retain his belt and he will now move on to a new opponent after making it 2-0 in the pair’s trilogy (40/1 – Sports Personality of the Year 2021).

Who he fights next, though, may be a decision that is out of his hands with the WBC stating that the winner in Las Vegas had to take on mandatory challenger Whyte early next year.

The interim champion’s next fight sees him take on Sweden’s Otto Wallin at the O2 Arena on October 30 but if he comes through unscathed, Fury is likely to be lined up for the spring (Bout Winner – Whyte 2/5, Wallin 21/10, Draw 20/1).

Hearn has promoted ‘The Body Snatcher’ since 2015 and believes his presence could be enough to draw the WBC champion home.

Fury hasn’t fought in Great Britain since his comeback fights against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta in the summer of 2018, lining up in Belfast and Manchester, respectively.

With Anthony Joshua’s loss to Usyk (Bout Winner – Usyk 2/5, Joshua 2/1, Draw 20/1) set to result in a rematch between the pair, Hearn has called on the champion to give the fans what they want and agree a date to face his fighter.

“The WBC statement was quite clear – the winner of Fury and Wilder has to fight the interim world champion, that’s Dillian Whyte,” he said, in quotes from London News Online.

“As fans we should be calling for that fight. Fury against Whyte – imagine the build up. Imagine the fight – it does well over a million pay-per-view buys and sells out a stadium. It’s huge.

“That is the fight. So let’s get it on. The heavyweight division is on fire now. It [facing Whyte] is the biggest fight out there for Fury right now, away from AJ and Usyk, by miles.”

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